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'I'm so much more myself now, coming back to work' - working class mothers, paid work and childcare

Braun, Annette and Vincent, Carol and Ball, Stephen (2008) 'I'm so much more myself now, coming back to work' - working class mothers, paid work and childcare. Journal of Education Policy, 23. pp. 533-548. ISSN 0268-0939

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which working class mothers negotiate mothering and paid work. Drawing on interviews with 70 families with pre-school children, we examine how caring and working responsibilities are conceptualised and presented in mothers’ narratives. Mothers showed a high degree of commitment to paid work and, in contrast to findings from an earlier study with middle class and professional mothers, did not feel that keeping their children at home with them was always the best option for the children. We suggest that working class mothers in the labour market remain at risk of being defined as inadequate mothers because of a middle class emphasis on intense maternal engagement with the child as a key aspect of ‘good’ mothering.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Sociology, Parental employment, childcare, class, mothers
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education Foundations and Policy Studies
IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 12:00
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:05
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/1607
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